Co-hosts Delma Jackson and Dr. Shadiin Garcia welcome a wide range of activists, scholars, healers, philosophers, and organizers to explore the ways we want to be in community, and the various roadblocks that have historically impeded our progress.
From systemic injustice to internalized oppression, apathy, and trauma, Shadiin, Delma and guests will pull back the layers of struggle within social progress, and dream together, even as we remind one another that our personal tragedies, triumphs, and healing will inform our ability to create a better world.
Our EIGHTH episode is up: Resilient Resistance, Learning, & Love with Rena and Leah Dunbar
Dr. Leah Dunbar is committed to educational justice and facilitates learning through restorying – engaging students and activities for community building, critical reflection, and examination of place and perspective, with deep respect for the wisdom that young people possess.
Dr. Rena Dunbar grew up Black/biracial, on the traditional homelands of the Miami nation in Fort Wayne, Indiana. She just completed her doctorate in educational leadership from the University of Oregon in 2020 and is a long time Ethnic Studies teacher dedicated to challenging the marginalization of young people. Rena’s research is focused on the impact of ethnic studies curricula on students’ sense of cross racial empathy, and she serves young people in ways that honor the connections between culturally accurate and aligned curricula, Black liberation, Indigenous sovereignty, healthy communities, and justice.
Together they co-created a curriculum called “Courageous Conversations” and have a lot of amazing things to say about working as educators with young people calling the shots.
Also in this episode, Delma is tempted to bully a 10-year-old and Shadiin is saddened by the state of our curricula that would allow 10-year-olds to be more critical in response to global events. They also talk about the personal side of language revitalization.
Dive-In-Justice premiered February 26, 2021, with new episodes on a bi-weekly basis. DIJ is a co-production of the Center for Whole Communities and Shoreline Consulting. For companion writing on these themes, check out the CWC blog.
Our gratitude to Jenni Kotting for the Dive-In-Justice graphic design and outreach strategy, and to Doug Fearnside for audio engineering and podcast editing.
If you love the idea of building intentional community, If you love history and pop-culture, If you want to dream into a society where intersectionality is baked into the culture, The Dive-In-Justice POD is for YOU. Watch the introduction here.
Who’s invited? Shadiin says, “Delma and I enter the world in Black and Brown bodies, and we want to center that perspective. And if you’re white, we want you to be present too. We want you to listen, we want you to bear witness.” That’s an invitation to be present in solidarity, rather than show up just to extract meaning.
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